Somerset Schools to celebrate Folk Dance Festival

More than 1,100 primary school children will be celebrating the annual Folk Dance Festival on Wells Cathedral Green this weekend.

Now in its 42nd year, the Somerset Schools’ Folk Dance Festival is being held on Saturday 11 June and has 59 schools participating.

The schools meet at St Cuthbert’s Church yard and process up the High Street in Wells, watched by friends, families, shoppers, and tourists, onto the Cathedral Green where the dancing will commence at 2.30pm. It also provides the perfect opportunity for local mayors, council leaders and chairmen and women from across the county to meet up and join in the revelry.

Cllr Frances Nicholson, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: “This is such a wonderful annual event which I know has been enjoyed by children and their families for a number of years.

“The dances make quite a spectacle and I hope everyone either taking part or watching has a lovely day.”

Pupils will be dressed in their specially-designed costumes to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations in colours of red, white and blue while the dance arena will be decorated with union jack flags and commemorative bunting.

David Hayward, Executive and Liaison Officer for the Somerset Association of Primary Headteachers and Officers (SAPHTO) and organiser of the event, said: “As always, the Folk Dance Festival is a major date in the annual calendar of the County Council and is a great example of all that is best about Somerset’s Primary Schools. We are all looking forward to celebrating the 42nd year of this unique event.”